For our first period dish, we’ll be making a vegetarian or meat chilli. This dish is especially good to make ahead of time, up to 3 days before, in order for the flavors to mingle and spread through the ingredients.

Chilli ingredients; 1 can each of Black and Red kidney beans, 3 Tomatoes, 2 Green bell peppers, 2 large Carrots, 2 Celeri, 1 Onions, 2 Sweet potato, a handful of button mushrooms, 1 zuchinni, 2 tbls of tomato paste, 1 Dried Chipotle chilli and/or  1 Dried Ancho chillis(you can get the last two ingredients in other formats), tbls Cumin powder, 1teaspoon Coriander powder, 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds, Cayenne powder, chilli powder, 1 teaspoon curri powder, 1 teaspoon fennel seeds,a bay leaf, a Cinnamon stick, and finally beef, chicken or veggie stock,

If you want to add meat I would recommend a mix of  ground Veal, Beef and Porc. You can also add spicy mexican sausage pieces instead of the ground meat.

Cooking the chilli:

  1. Make a mirepoix; a evenly and finelly chopped mix of onions, carrots and celeri
  2. roughly chop garlic
  3. Cut the rest of vegetables, including more carrots and celeri, into larger bite sized pieces,
  4. in a Deep Cooking pot, heat about 2 tbls or olive oil over med. high heat. Add mirepoix and garlic
  5. When the onions are translucent but not browned add Meat now if you’re using any, and if you’re not, add spices; cumin, coriander, curri, cayenne and hot chilli powders, also add mustard seeds and fennel seeds, —( if you can, over low heat warm the spices in a non-stick skilet)
  6. after about 30 secs of the spices cooking in the oil and mirepoix, add tomatoes, tomato paste, beans, bay leaf, cinnamon stick— here you’re cooking with the tomato’s juices; reduce
  7. When it’s starting to get thicker, and looks like it could use some liquid, add the other vegetables, cover the whole pot with liquid; either water, red wine, a dark beer;guiness for example, or stock, and add the dried chipotle and ancho chillis(whole or powdered in a grinder… You can also let them soak in hot water or even better–Warm rhum and grind them into a paste instead of a powder)
  8. let simmer until the vegetables are cooked through and serve whenever you want

When serving the chilli, you can either serve it in a big pot on the table where where everyone can dig in or serve in in individual bowls.

You can also add cheese, and sour cream if you want.



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